January 06, 2014

Printing small images using a Gameboy printer and Arduino

Several years ago, a wide variety of small printers were available with interfaces that pre-dated the USB standard, and one of those was the small printer available to work with the Nintendo Gameboy hand-held consoles. They could be used to print game data and other fun things - and have now found a new life based on the work of a few interested people.

One of these is Dave Plöger who has worked on the previous efforts by Miles Burton and others to create an Arduino library for this neat printer. It allows you to send small image files to the printer for easy printing. Furthermore, Dave has created a neat Java application that allows you to create your own image with a simple GUI and download the data, making image creation much easier. Finally the system is demonstrated in the following video:

Kudos to Dave for repurposing the printer with a contemporary product. You can find out more from his github page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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